Community grants

Council's Community Grant Program provides financial and in-kind assistance to eligible community groups and organisations for cultural, social, sport and economic development initiatives.

Note:

  • Limited funds are available through a competitive process.
  • Applications are determined according to funding criteria and merit.
  • Applicants must use the correct form and follow the grant guidelines.
  • Applicants are to contact Council officers prior to submitting an application form. (Refer to grant information below for relevant contact details.)
  • Submission of an application is not a guarantee of success.
  • For event grants, you should also read the Event Grants Program Guidelines booklet ( PDF, 0.64 MB ).
CategoryGrantSummaryDatesAmount
Arts and Cultural Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Promotes professional development and employment of artists in regional Queensland

Two rounds offered per financial yearIndividually assessed
 Arts and Cultural In Kind (assistance, not cash)

Encourages the development of local community arts and cultural programs and activities and fosters opportunities for local arts and cultural activities that make a positive creative contribution to the region.

*Note: Applicants are to contact Council’s Cultural Services Arts & Cultural Grants Coordinator on 4032 6603 prior to submission. Applications must be lodged at least one month prior to the start of a project, event or activity and be occurring within the current financial year.

Open all year to extent of available funds. (see Note*). In Kind only
Min $500
Max $5,000
 Arts and Cultural Infrastructure Grants

The Arts and Cultural Infrastructure Grant aims to provide financial assistance to arts and cultural organisations that wish to pursue building or material enhancements to their premises.

* Note: Applicants are to contact Council’s Cultural Services Arts & Cultural Grants Coordinator on 4032 6603 prior to submission.

Open 22 July 2019, close 4 October 2019Cash or advice Min $1,000 Max $50,000
Community ServicesCommunity Services 

Financial assistance to support projects, activities or events that respond to local community needs and make a positive contribution to local community life.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3095 or community_development@cairns.qld.gov.au to discuss their application prior to submission.

One grant round per year

Now closed for 2018/19 financial year.

Cash
Min $400
Max $4,000
 Multicultural Month

Multicultural Month is held each year during August, to celebrate the region’s rich cultural diversity and promote a sense of belonging and inclusiveness.  This grant stream is open to community groups, organisations, and associations that wish to create an event that celebrates diversity and promotes a sense of acceptance, belonging and connectedness of diverse cultures within the Cairns community.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3095 or community_development@cairns.qld.gov.au to discuss their application prior to submission.

One grant round per year

Now closed for 2018/19 financial year.

Cash, Min $400 Max $4,000
 NAIDOC Week

Celebrations are held annually across Australia in July. Celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is an opportunity to participate in activities and events that support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This grant steam is open to Not for Profit Community groups and individuals who wish to create an event that celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3095 or community_development@cairns.qld.gov.au to discuss their application prior to submission.

One grant round per year

Now closed for 2019

Cash,
Min $400
Max $4,000
 Youth Week

Youth Week is an annual celebration of the achievements, vitality, and strength of young people aged 12-25 years. Running from 3-14 April 2019, Youth Week is an opportunity to encourage youth participation and celebrate young people’s positive contribution to our community.

This grant stream is open to community service providers, groups or organisations with a focus on youth engagement and services. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3095 or community_development@cairns.qld.gov.au to discuss their application prior to submission.

One grant round per year

Now closed for 2019

Cash,
Min $400 
Max $4,000
 Disability Action Week    

Disability Action Week is held annually in September with the aim of empowering people with disability, raising awareness of disability issues, and improving access and inclusion throughout the wider community.

This grant stream is open to Not for Profit Community groups and Individuals who wish to create an event that celebrates the achievements or raises awareness for people with disabilities through activities in Mental Health Awareness, Physical and Low impact activities, Social Inclusion and Capacity Building programs.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Services Unit on 4044 3095 or community_development@cairns.qld.gov.au to discuss their application prior to submission.

One grant round per year

Now closed for 2018/19 financial year.

Cash,
Min $400
Max $4,000
EventsChristmas and New Year's Events

Supports organisations in the delivery of Christmas or New Years themed events that are for the benefit to local communities. These community events serve to enrich the lives of residents and celebrate important festive occasions for the community

*Note: Christmas and New Year's Events must take place between the months of November and January.

Now open.
Closes 19 August 2019.
Cash and/or in kind
Min $1,500
Max $5,000
 Events In Kind

Council resources, materials and/or services are provided as a contribution towards an event.

*Note: Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the start of the event or activity.

Open all year to extent of available fundsIn Kind only
Max $3,000
 Local Community Events

Supports organisations in delivering events for benefit of the local community. These events enrich residents' lives and celebrate important occasions. do not usually attract visitors from outside of town specially for the event.
*Note: Events must commence and be completed within the eligible event date period as listed below:
Round 10 (event period): 1 April 2019 to 28 Feb 2020
Round 11 (event period): 1 Jun 2019 to 31 May 2020
Round 12 (event period): 1 Sep 2019 to 31 Oct 2020
Round 13 (event period): 1 Dec 2019 to 30 Nov 2020
Round 14 (event period): 1 Mar 2020 to 28 Feb 2021

Round 13:
Open 1 July 2019
Close 31 Sept 2019

Round 14:
Open 1 Oct 2019
Close 31 Dec 2019

Cash and/or in kind
Min $2,000
Max $15,000
 Regional Events

Nurtures and grows a diverse portfolio of events that will drive economic development, raise the profile of Tropical North Queensland, generate positive social and cultural benefits, and strengthen the local community. Visitation is intrastate focused (typically 500 to 1000 participants / overnight visitors) and the events have potential to develop into a major event within three years.
*Note: Applications must be submitted at least 6 months prior to the start of the event.

Open all year to extent of available funds
(See Note*)
Cash and/or in-kind
Min $5,000
Max $50,000
 Major Tourism Events

Support for nationally significant events that drive economic activity in Tropical North Queensland. Major events attract interstate and international visitors (typically 25,000 to 50,000 visitor nights) and national media exposure, produce $3m to $10m economic return to the region, generate community pride, social and cultural benefits, and provide a lasting legacy to the TNQ region.
*Note: Applications must be submitted at least 6 months prior to the start of the event.

Open all year to extent of available funds (See Note*) Cash and/or in kind
Min $50,000
Max $150,000
 Sports Tourism Events

The sports tourism events grant program provides funding to support eligible local, regional, state or national sporting bodies to develop and deliver successful sports tourism events that contribute to the region’s economic prosperity, community well being and diverse lifestyle.

A sports tourism event is a sporting event of regional, state or national significance that provides economic, social, media and community outcomes for the region. The goal of the grant program is to assist communities in attracting and growing quality sporting events.

*Note: Applications must be submitted at least 6 months prior to the start of the event.

Open all year to extent of available funds
(See Note*)
Cash and/or in kind
Min $5,000
Max $15,000
Mayor's Discretionary Fund Mayor's Discretionary FundAnnual funding to enable the Mayor to respond to emergent requests for financial assistance from community organisations.Open all year to extent of available funding. Max $500
Individually assessed
Sports and Recreation Young People in Sport

Assists young local athletes with the cost of representing Queensland/Australia at national/international sporting competitions. (* Note: applications must be lodged prior to start of the sporting competition.)

Open all year to extent of available funding

(See note *)

$100 (QLD), $300 (interstate), $500 (international) or 
$1000 per team per representative event.
Go Clubs Infrastructure Assistance Grant

Assists local sport and recreation organisations with the development of improved facilities.  Applicants must be registered with Council’s Go Clubs Program, and must occupy a facility that is situated on Council-owned or Council-controlled land.

Projects are to commence and be completed within twelve months of the approval date.

Now closed for 2018/19 financial year

Min $1,500
Max $10,000
 Go Clubs
In Kind: Essentials 
Support through core Council business to complete projects that assist safety requirements, compliance with legislation or lease documentation and meeting relevant Australian Standards.
*Note: applications must be lodged at least one month prior to start of project, event or activity.
Open all year to extent of available funds 
(See Note*)
In Kind only
Min $500
Max $5,000
 Go Clubs
In Kind: Field Maintenance 

Provides standard turf packages to clubs to ensure turf surfaces at facilities under lease or management agreement are managed to appropriate standards.
*Note: applications must be lodged at least one month prior to start of project, event or activity.

Open all year to extent of available funds.
(See Note*) .
In Kind only
Min $500
Max $5,000
Sustainability Community Sustainability

Not-for-profit groups can apply for up to $5000 for projects that deliver renewable energy, waste reduction, low carbon travel, sustainable food production, biodiversity improvements or community education.

One grant round per year. Now closed for 2019.Min $500
Max $5,000
 Nature-based LearningCouncil’s Nature-based Learning Grant provides up to $2000 for school excursions that connect children with nature in a way that results in a greater awareness and appreciation of sustainable living and the natural world.One grant round per year. Now closed for 2019.Max. $2,000.

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Last updated: 05 August 2019